Teen Talk: Guest Laura Kurk, is the Hero Gene real? Is it in Hollywood?

Teen Talk: Guest Laura Kurk, is the Hero Gene real? Is it in...

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  Is there such a thing as  Hero Gene? There’s been some discussion in recent years about whether or not we are genetically predisposed to run away from danger or toward it. There are obvious examples either way. The first responders in any crisis situation are the most heroic people on this planet. Some say, “But they’re trained to run into danger.” I say, “Yes, but why did they sign up for that?” They are our protectors–our military men and women, our coast guard, our law enforcement and fire and rescue heroes. They are one side of the hero coin, though. The flip side is harder to understand. These are the people who look away. Or walk away. Or ignore humanity in need altogether. We saw an extreme example of this in China not too long away when bystanders stepped around a dying toddler who had been struck by a car.  She laid in agony on the street for hours and no one stopped to help. She eventually died from her horrific injuries. We wonder what people are thinking as they look away from other human beings in need. That answer is above my pay grade, but it must be that we believe someone else will take care of the problem. Someone else must know more than we know. Someone else has time to stop. ...read more... Tune in to This week's Teen Talk for more on this with Laura Kurk. Laura Kurk bets she has more cringe-worthy teenage moments than you and she’s willing to share them all to make you feel better. She’s the author of the YA novel Glass Girl and its upcoming sequel Perfect Glass. She lives in College Station, Texas with her husband, two ginger-headed kids, and 50,000 college students. Visit her at her blog Writing for Young Adults or on Facebook and Twitter!   ***Teen Talk is part of the Choose NOW Radio network, a division of Choose NOW Ministries. You can download the podcast right here, but we’d love it if you’d subscribe to us for free on iTunes or to the RSS feed! Also, while you’re over at iTunes, leaving us a little review would be most helpful in keeping the show front and center so more people can find it. Thank you so much!  
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  Is there such a thing as  Hero Gene? There’s been some discussion in recent years about whether or not we are genetically predisposed to run away from danger or toward it. There are obvious examples either way. The first responders in any crisis situation are the most heroic people on this planet. Some say, “But they’re trained to run into danger.” I say, “Yes, but why did they sign up for that?” They are our protectors–our military men and women, our coast guard, our law enforcement and fire and rescue heroes. They are one side of the hero coin, though. The flip side is harder to understand. These are the people who look away. Or walk away. Or ignore humanity in need altogether. We saw an extreme example of this in China not too long away when bystanders stepped around a dying toddler who had been struck by a car.  She laid in agony on the street for hours and no one stopped to help. She eventually died from her horrific injuries. We wonder what people are thinking as they look away from other human beings in need. That answer is above my pay grade, but it must be that we believe someone else will take care of the problem. Someone else must know more than we know. Someone else has time to stop. ...read more... Tune in to This week's Teen Talk for more on this with Laura Kurk. Laura Kurk bets she has more cringe-worthy teenage moments than you and she’s willing to share them all to make you feel better. She’s the author of the YA novel Glass Girl and its upcoming sequel Perfect Glass. She lives in College Station, Texas with her husband, two ginger-headed kids, and 50,000 college students. Visit her at her blog Writing for Young Adults or on Facebook and Twitter!   ***Teen Talk is part of the Choose NOW Radio network, a division of Choose NOW Ministries. You can download the podcast right here, but we’d love it if you’d subscribe to us for free on iTunes or to the RSS feed! Also, while you’re over at iTunes, leaving us a little review would be most helpful in keeping the show front and center so more people can find it. Thank you so much!  
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